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The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

32 University Ave. | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-585-1917
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Grad weekend tour

Beautiful grounds, the walk through the many gardens is very relaxing! The building has a lot to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vicki W
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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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This place is stunning. From the gorgeous building and garden room to the research greenhouses and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GaelConnop
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Toronto, Australia
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32 University Ave. | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds, the walk through the many gardens is very relaxing! The building has a lot to character.

Thank Vicki W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is stunning. From the gorgeous building and garden room to the research greenhouses and gardens. I couldn't believe that such a facility existed and was donated by the Irving family. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled across this botanical garden by accident on the way to the Annapolis Heritage Garden in Annapolis Royal. With acres of formal and informal gardens criss-crossed by paths and trails winding through water features and connected to miles of local hiking trails, this is...More

Thank Fig N
Reviewed 29 March 2017

For a walk through the native bog garden that was moved to its now location in the middle of the winter, to the beautiful grounds and greenhouses. Its a wonderful spot you dont want to miss..

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Unfortunately, it was September and not everything was in bloom and it was a bit chilly. This is a must see while in Wolfville!More

Thank pickybit
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, pickybit. Yes; when visiting our native botanical garden, you will not find a 'showy' display of flowering plants as with a traditional botanical garden. You may only find a few species in bloom at a time during the growing season....More

Reviewed 11 January 2017

Picturesque building and gardens. Looks like an old building but believe it's actually relatively modern. Well worth a look.More

Thank mskitty27
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, mskitty27. Yes; the building was opened in 2002 and intended to assimilate with the older campus architecture. It is certainly a pleasure to offer these beautiful facilities to the public year-round. I hope that your visit was enjoyable and that...More

Reviewed 21 October 2016

This building was built in 1999. While it is relatively new, it has the feel, craftsmanship and materials of a grand old building from the the turn of the the 20th century. Oak wainscoting, slate stairs, real cast iron, bronze and decorated throughout with botanical...More

Thank daanddo
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Although there aren't many things in bloom at this time of year, there is still so much to...More

Reviewed 27 September 2016

Well worth a visit to this gorgeous building and gardens. All free with a relaxing garden room with leather sofas, magazines etc to have a quiet time in this haven. There is a wee stall for coffees and toilets.

Thank Frances R
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The building is superb, and the greenhouse is extraordinary. I'll spend hours contemplating the care and professional movements of everyone that is working with the specimens. The garden asks you to stay hours wandering around.More

Thank Pep_places
Suzanne S, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Glad to see that you enjoyed your visit Pep_places. It is our pleasure to have visitors stroll through the centre and gardens to enjoy the beauty of the centre's architecture and research work as well as the gardens' vistas and native fauna and flora of...More

Reviewed 29 August 2016

I had heard how nice the Harriet Irving Gardens were so took the time to visit last week. The building itself, where classes are held is beautiful, with gorgeous woodwork throughout, winding staircases and beautiful windows to let in lots of natural light. The gardens...More

Thank Ann W
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dianne w
is there any access to the ocean from this area
24 February 2016|
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Response from Julie H | Reviewed this property |
There are trails that leave from the actual gardens, but no, there is no access to the ocean from the garden proper. It is certainly a worthwhile visit and it won't take very long at all.
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Gladjack
Hours open on Saturdays
1 October 2015|
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Response from bmackenz06 |
The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is open from 8am - 10pm Mon - Sun. The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is open daily from 8am - dusk.
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